Services todayRobert L. Troy, St. John’s Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 10 a.m.Olympia Hudson, Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m. Winnfred Perry, St. Marks Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Alice May Belz, Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, 1 p.m.Mary Cecile Rodenberry, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 2 p.m. Melvin James Loncon, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Groves, 11 a.m.Rena Londow Wesley Sacred Heart- St. Mary Catholic Church, Port Arthur, 10 a.m.Ruby Ledet, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves, 2 p.m. Death noticesDorman R. Knighton, 84, of Port Arthur died Friday, May 13, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.Louise Melancon of Port Arthur died Friday, May 13, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Ronnie Anderson, 67, of Nederland died Friday, May 13, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Alice May Belz, 93, of Beaumont, died Thursday, May 12, 2016. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 11.30 a.m., Greenlawn Cemetery in Port Arthur. Remembrances may be made to Temple Emanuel, Beaumont Texas, Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Center, Houston, Texas or charity of choice.Shiva at home of Leonard and Helen, 1111 Hermann Drive, at 6.30 p.m., Thursday, August 18. After Robert’s death in 1975, Dolores became mother to Robert’s two nieces, Regina Hall and Rebecca Wood whom she raised as her own. While raising four children, she owned and managed J&M Shoppe, a children’s clothing store in Port Arthur.Dolores lived in Port Arthur, Texas until June, 2007, when she decided to move to Houston. She was active in Temple Rodef Shalom in Port Arthur until it merged with Temple Emanuel in Beaumont, where she continued to be active in the Temple Sisterhood. Dolores along with Robert was active in the North Port Arthur Rotary Club which bestowed upon her the Paul Brown Award, the American Cancer Society, and various other civic organizations both in Port Arthur and Beaumont. The family wishes to thank her wonderful caregivers, Lou Stevenson, Dealia Porter, Joann Lalin, and Rosalie Jackson for the outstanding support and love they provided during her last years. Dolores Wyde passed away on August 15, 2016, in Houston, Texas surrounded by her family. Dolores was born on July 19, 1932 in Beaumont, Texas, to Fannie Feinberg Goldstein and Mose David Goldstein, both of whom predeceased her. She was married to Robert Wyde, of Port Arthur, Texas until his death on September 14, 1975. She attended Lamar University and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her marriage to Robert Wyde of Port Arthur, Texas, she was a dietitian at Beaumont Baptist Hospital.Robert and Dolores had two sons, M.D. Wyde and the Honorable Daniel Laurence Wyde and two grandsons, Robert Scott Wyde and Reid Alexander Filip Wyde, all of whom survive her. She also is survived by her brother, Leonard A. Goldstein and sister-in-law, Helen Wils, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her brother Stanley Goldstein, predeceased her.
Cutter McDowell cut the 6-1 lead down with a single into left field and pushed across Payton Robertson, who reached on a two-out walk. Grant DeVore singled behind Robertson and moved him up to second base.Big Red rallied on three runs in the top of the seventh, with the big blow on Robin Adames’ first home run of the season, a two-run shot that scored Reid Russell. Russell led off the inning with a walk. With one out, Bryndan Arredondo drew a base on balls and Chad Fleischman followed with an error on third baseman Taylor Schwarner that put runners on the corners. Chaneng Varela notched his third pinch hit base knock with a single to left field that chased home Arredondo. HAMMOND, La. – Down 6-1 at the start of the sixth inning, Lamar rallied back with one in that sixth and three in the seventh to get within a run, but Southeastern Louisiana held off the Cardinals when it took at 6-5 victory in Southland Conference baseball action at Pat Kenelly Field Friday night.The Cardinals (10-9, 0-4 Southland) had runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but Josh Green survived with a strikeout to end the game. The Lions (13-4, 4-0) built a lead in the early innings – using a few early walks. Adames, who moved his reached base streak to 27 games, had three RBI on a 2-for-4 day.The two programs square off again Saturday at 2 p.m. Carson Lance (3-1, 2.66 earned run average) will take the hill for the Cardinals and will be opposed by Corey Gaconi (1-0, 3.38).
Lamar sports information BEAUMONT – Lamar University junior forward Colton Weisbrod has been chosen as a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) All-District team, announced the national organization Wednesday afternoon. The Nederland native is the first Cardinal chosen to the group since Kenny Dawkins and Jay Brown were picked nine years ago.The second-team honor comes following a season where Weisbrod helped the Big Red to 19 wins in the regular season and a postseason berth, both for the first time since 2012.A former first-team NJCAA All-American, Weisbrod made an immediate impact with the Cardinals in his first season from Lamar State College-Port Arthur. He led the team and finished sixth in the league in scoring (15.1 points per game), second in rebounds and field-goal percentage (52 percent).He started in every game for LU in 2016-17 season leading the team in scoring 16 times and in rebounding for 21 contests. After a three-game stretch in non-conference action when he averaged 27 points and more than 11 rebounds, he was voted on by league sports information directors as the Southland Conference Player of the Week.A double-double machine, he finished tied for third in the Southland with 10 double-doubles just one away from the overall lead. He scored in double-figures in his first seven contests and 26 times overall, and followed that with 10 or more rebounds 10 times. His career best on the boards was 17 at Idaho State.Weisbrod had two 30-point efforts with his best (34) at against Southeastern Louisiana. He closed out the regular season with a 32-point game against cross-state rival McNeese.
Powell also coached three all-conference players last season, including All-Americans Mitchell Kirsch and Aaron Stinnie. Powell went to JMU after a stop at West Virginia State, where he served as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. He also served as the program’s strength and conditioning coordinator. Before WVSU, Powell held the same title at Seton Hill University. “I have a history with Jamal,” said Schultz. “I recruited him and coached him for five years at TCU. He also has a long history with the other coaches in the offensive room. Needless to say, Jamal, Eric Buchanan and Kevin Brown all played on the same team. He is a great fit for this program.”Powell spent the past two seasons at James Madison where he helped guide the Dukes’ offensive front to one of its best seasons in program history. JMU set several conference records on its way to winning the 2016 FCS national championship. JMU’s offense set records for scoring, rushing offense, total offense and first downs in a season that saw it achieve the pinnacle of college athletics. Powell’s line protected an offense that led the nation completion percentage, team pass efficiency and first downs. The Dukes also led the nation in winning percentage during their run to the 2016 national title.“The thing about Jamal is he just left a national championship program on our level,” said Schultz. “James Madison won the title this past season and he coached their offensive line, and did a phenomenal job. It was a real easy transition for us.” Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Jamal Powell has been named Lamar offensive line coach, announced head coach Mike Schultz Friday afternoon. Powell replaces Brad Bedell, who left for a similar position at Boise State earlier this month. He also made coaching stops at Texas A&M as a graduate assistant, Centre College and Southwest Baptist University. During his time with the Aggies, Powell coached three All-Big-12 linemen, two of which were selected in the NFL Draft.
Next Up Cleveland Milo, Jr., 68, peacefully transitioned from his earthly home to his heavenly home on March 24, 2017 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. He was born August 13, 1948 to the late Cleveland Milo, Sr. and Juanita Milo. Cleveland was a welder for 30 years and later retired from Walmart with ten years of service. Cleveland is preceded in death by his parents; brother Charles Milo and niece Pamela Stills.He leaves to cherish his memories his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Joyce Landry Milo; daughter Jo Ell Milo; two sons, Eric Milo, Sr. (Tonya) and Cleveland Milo III (Teresa) all of Port Arthur, TX; sister, Betty Milo Stills, Carolyn Milo Armstrong, Joyce Ann Milo, Deloris Milo Levy (Roy) all of Port Arthur, TX, Linda Milo (Newsome) of Missouri City, TX, Joyce Skillman of Austin, TX; two brothers Kenneth Milo, Sr. (Janice) of Port Arthur and Derrell Skillman (Janice) of Converse, TX; four grandchildren, Jaylon Trahan, Eric Milo Jr., Chandin Milo and Ja’Kobi Milson; two goddaughters Felicia Angelle and Tirreny Armstrong; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Kingdom Dominion Church, 3600 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, TX with visitation from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.
At 4:30 p.m. Thursday Herbert Clark Jr., 31, was extradited from Dallas to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility for the murder of Cole, 41, of Port Arthur, who had been shot multiple times. He was found in the 400 block of Fort Worth Avenue. Bond is set at $300,000, according to an employee at the jail.Hours after the shooting, detectives with the Port Arthur Police Department received information about the identity of the suspect and Clark was arrested by Dallas Police Department on unrelated charges, PAPD Det. Sadie Guedry said.While he was in custody Dallas detectives reportedly received information that Clark fled to that city after the crime. PAPD detectives immediately headed t Dallas to interview the suspect.PAPD wants the community to know they have been working diligently on the case as well as other cases in an effort to put an end to the violent crime in the city. An arrest has been made in the Dec. 2 fatal shooting of Scharonn LeRoyce Cole.
By Elizabeth ByrneThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org A companion bill in the lower chamber passed unanimously out of a Texas House committee last month but did not have the exception for active military. The author of the House bill, Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, said he would accept an exemption for active military as it would still keep tobacco products away from high school students, according to the Dallas newspaper. Zerwas was not immediately available for comment.Texas 21, a coalition of organizations aiming to raise the tobacco purchase legal age to 21, released a statement opposing the military exemption after the Senate amendment. Claudia Rodas, a regional director of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, said in written statement that the coalition will work with legislators to understand the need to include the military in the bill. She said the goal is a law that “protects all young Texans, including those who are willing to die to protect our country.”Lt. Governor Dan Patrick previously identified SB 21 as one of his priorities this session.“Increasing the age to purchase tobacco products in Texas to 21 will not only improve public health and save countless lives, it will save Texans billions of dollars in health care costs,” Patrick said in a statement Tuesday. The age of Texans who can legally buy tobacco products could soon raise from 18 to 21 years old — except for active military members.The Texas Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 21 in a 20-11 vote after state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, amended her own legislation to include the military exemption. State Sen. John Whitmire of Houston was the only Democrat who voted against the bill.The bill faced some opposition from Republicans who criticized the age raise because, they said, it denied the right for young adults who enlist in the military to choose to use tobacco products, The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday. The exception for military members allows Texans who are 18 and older and serving in the armed forces to purchase tobacco products if they have a valid military ID. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Staff reportBEAUMONT — A Beaumont woman who reportedly broke into her former roommate’s home and assaulted her while one daughter assaulted the woman and another videoed the incident has been indicted for burglary of a habitation by a Jefferson County grand jury.Beaumont police were called to the 5000 block of Pine in reference to criminal mischief March 8 and while there met with the victim, Kanisha Monique Williams, 27. She told them she heard a loud boom on her door and several women entered the residence, one of whom she identified as Shmiker Lynn Traylor, 36, also known as “Poo Poo,” the victim’s former roommate. Other indictments include:Broderick Tyrone Walker, 35, of Port Arthur, was indicted for theft of a firearm for an incident that occurred Oct. 13.Brutis Deshon Brydson, 39, of Lufkin, was indicted for retaliation choking for an incident that occurred March 28.Brutis Deshon Brydson, 39, of Lufkin, was indicted for assault-family violence/choking for an incident that occurred March 28.Brutis Deshon Brydson, 39, of Lufkin, was indicted for assault-family violence/choking for an incident that occurred Jan. 26.Heath Cory Cogar, 38, of Nederland, was indicted for aggravated assault-family violence for an incident that occurred April 3.Esteban Garza Jr., 31, of Vidor, was indicted for aggravated assault for an incident that occurred March 13.Esteban Garza Jr., 31, of Vidor, was indicted for aggravated assault for an incident that occurred March 13.David Henry Klumps, 58, of Warren, was indicted for felony theft with prior theft convictions for an incident that occurred March 6.Jared Lawrence, 42, of Beaumont, was indicted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements for an incident that occurred Feb. 2.Ashley Nicole Mack, 33, of Beaumont was indicted for theft of service for an incident that occurred Jan. 18.Ariel Faye Heathcoe, 30, of Beaumont was indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon for an incident that occurred Feb. 17.Blake Jules Thomasse, 24, of Beaumont was indicted for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon for an incident that occurred Feb. 17.Ory C. Henry, 25, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine and N-ethylpentylone, for an incident that occurred Aug. 10.Todd Higginbotham, 53,of Vidor was indicted for assault on a public servant for an incident that occurred March 22.Mcalvin Jones Jr., also known as Mike Alvin Jones and Mcalvin Jones, 57, of Port Arthur was indicted for assault on a family member for an incident that occurred March 19.Scharonn Leroyce Cole, also known as Scharonn Le-Royce Cole, Jamie Jones and Jaime Jones, 42, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, phencyclidine, or PCP, for an incident that occurred Aug. 17.Jermaine Keith Chopane, 34, of Highlands was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Dec. 8.Andrew Muriel Johnson, also known as Andre Muriel Johnson Jr., 48, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Aug. 26.Anthony Belafonte Keil, 52, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Sept. 26.Joey Antonio Kenebrew, also known as Joey Antione Kenebrew, Joey Antione Kennebrew, Joey Kennerbrew, Joey Antonio Kennerbrew, Joey Antione, and Kennerbrew, 27, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Dec. 19.Thang Van Nguyen, 35, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Sept. 23.Braden Scott Petty, 24, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Aug. 28.Troy Michael Reese, 28,of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Sept. 10.Jacobi Jajuan Rubin, 19, of Port Arthur was indicted for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle for an incident that occurred March 26.Uylisa Deshae Tezeno, 23, of Beaumont was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, for an incident that occurred Sept. 7.Anthony Dewayne Wilson, 42, of Port Arthur was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred March 22.Yelena Jeane Womack, 40, of Orange, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, for an incident that occurred Sept. 24. Next UpThe victim said Traylor hit her in the face three times before her 14-year-old daughter hit her, too. A second daughter recorded the assault, according to the probable cause affidavit.Traylor told the victim to stop talking about her and they all left.Burglary is a second-degree felony.
texastribune.orgPublic officials have to keep their snark on a leash — to an extent that would make many of us squirm.Normal people can say, write and do things that the folks in the center ring of the public circus are trained — by wisdom, fear or both — to avoid. See also: ANALYSIS — Legislature has left Austin. Now what? Abbott’s in top gear right now, zipping through a week full of things that make the kind of news he wants to make. He signed the big education and school finance billTuesday at a public schoolhouse in Austin. He’s signing a property tax bill — the other legislation he and other state leaders marked as a priority — at an Austin burger restaurant Wednesday. This is the final week before the deadline for vetoing legislation — a muscle-flexing moment for any governor that combines a power peak with a peak in his ability to command public attention. He has a line-item veto over the particulars of the swelling state budget, an administrative power that comes with built-in public relations perks: It lets a governor seem to be prudent while he’s signing the biggest budget in Texas history.And all of that leads up to what has been clearly identified as Abbott’s political superpower: He can raise piles of campaign money at a rapid pace. Father’s Day happens to be the last day of the fundraising blackout that’s attached to every legislative session. Elected officials can’t ask for money while they’re in session, but they can accept money from donors when the blackout ends. And there’s a fundraising deadline — June 30 — to add to the urgency. Abbott has no peer in Texas politics when it comes to hauling in astonishing amounts of political money during that 14-day spree.He’s ending the governing season and starting the political season with a narrative of the accomplishments of state government, a we-promised-these-things-and-delivered-them line that includes a newfound pledge to stay out of primary election fights between challengers he likes and incumbent Republicans he doesn’t. (Abbott went 1 for 3 in such challenges in 2018.)But there are bugs in the soup that might go unnoticed by most voters and even many advocates if the governor and others would put their phones down and keep promoting their accomplishments.David Whitley, a favored Abbott aide appointed secretary of state by the governor, rolled out a deeply flawed attempt to purge suspected noncitizens from the state’s voter rolls. As a result, he was never confirmed for the job by the Texas Senate but is now back on the governor’s payroll, at the rate of $205,000 a year. And the maternal mortality tweet from the governor moved attention from what he’s crowing about this week to what he’s cawing about on social media.Those episodes hint that the government Abbott leads isn’t very skillful with data, a notion that’s not in line with the competency spin the governor wants to put on the first six months of his second term in office. Whitley’s bid to clean up the rolls was built on bad data. The state’s terrible record on maternal mortality isn’t as bad as was first reported, but those first reports weren’t errors of journalism; they were based on another set of bad numbers from the government. At the end of the stories, there were a lot of U.S. citizens on Whitley’s sloppy list, and a frightening number of mothers dying despite the government’s inability to count them properly.This would matter more if the governor’s job was on the line in 2020. It’s not. He and most of the other statewide officials in Texas are elected in presidential midterms. Those have their own dangers, but it means the Texas incumbents won’t have to suffer, for now, the slings and arrows of outrageous tweeting from the District of Columbia.The governor wants to talk about Republican wins during the legislative session. If only Twitter wasn’t so tempting.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. By Ross RamseyThe Texas Tribune That’s why social media in general, and Twitter in particular, can be so dangerous. It’s tempting, and it’s built for the part of your brain that likes to pop off.Our latest example finds the cautious and disciplined Gov. Greg Abbott venting about the attention given to the state’s inability to lower its rates of maternal mortality.The facts do matter, and in this case, the initial reports that 147 women died within 42 days of giving birth in 2012 were revised to 56 deaths — more than one per week — after state officials, alarmed at the numbers, checked their own work. According to the revised data, the rate of maternal deaths in 2012 among black women was 27.8 per 100,000 live births, compared with 13.6 for white women and 11.5 for Hispanic women.The revised maternal mortality numbers were lower than the early reports, but still high, and the sloppy accounting made news more than a year ago. And the facts Abbott complained about came from the state he heads. That’s on him, right? Governors get the acclaim and the parades, but they also have to sweep up after their own horses.